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rebab Line breaks: rebab
Pronunciation: /rɪˈbab/

Definition of rebab in English:


A bowed or plucked stringed instrument of Arab origin, used especially in North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
Example sentences
  • Still another combines the croaking of frogs in a pond at Mills College with Anthony Braxton's baritone saxophone, the composer's wife (?) playing a Javanese rebab, and a Kurzweil sampler sine wave.
  • It may be the flute, the mediaeval lute, or the viola or rebab of Jordi Savall himself, one of the acknowledged masters of his instrument.
  • It consists of bronze gongs, keyed metallophones (like xylophones), drums, a flute, a rebab fiddle, and a celempung zither.


Mid 18th century: from Arabic rabāb.

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